NZ farms eyed as 'boltholes'?

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Are NZ farms being snapped up by the world's super-rich as boltholes to escape growing anger over financial inequality?

Students learn on the job

Three students are working at Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North this summer. Plant science student Jade Gribben, testing how repellent soil is to water.

While many people were at the beach, a trio of young people have spent their summer learning more about science.

Black beetle danger boosted

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Irrigation seeks easier cash

Irrigation

Irrigation lobbyists plan to meet Government ministers to push for easier investment terms for major irrigation projects.

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opinion

Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

OPINION: Spare a thought for farmers as you bask in the hot, dry weather.

Why doing things is bad

Good news and bad

dairy

Recidivist dirty farmer fined $66k

Dirty dairying effluent.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Lessons learned from long TB fight

A Taranaki dairy farmer is putting her experience of owning a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) to good use.

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Milk price offer again under-subscribed

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

beef

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

INJURED: Hawke’s Bay farmer Gary Quinn is in hospital after a cow kicked him and fractured both his legs.

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

Farmer sells lambs as drought looms

North Canterbury farmer sells 1400 lambs early due to dry weather not seen for decades.

STOCK OFFLOADED: Canterbury farmland is drying up, affecting feed supplies.

Meat plants face stock surge

Meat processing plants are in over-drive as farms offload lambs and other livestock in dry conditions.

Sheep

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

cropping

Orchard fined $40,000

Apple orchard

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

agribusiness

Science students learn on the job

Three students are working at Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North this summer. Plant science student Jade Gribben, testing how repellent soil is to water.

While many people are taking trips to the beach, a trio of young people have spent their summer learning more about science.

Irrigation lobbyists seek easier cash

Irrigation lobbyists plan to meet Government ministers to push for easier investment terms for major irrigation projects.

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NZ farms eyed as 'boltholes' for world's super rich

Are NZ farms being snapped up by the world's super-rich as boltholes to escape growing anger over financial inequality?

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Video

Little targets unemployment in state of nation speech

Labour leader makes pitch to small business in his state of the nation speech, promising lowest rate of unemployment in the developed world.

advice

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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